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Legislation Update SI No. 122/2024 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Carcinogens, Mutagens and Reprotoxic Substances) Regulations 2024 These Regulations, which come into force today - 5 April 2024 - give effect to Directive (EU) 2022/431 of The European Parliament and of The Council of 9 March...

The Health and Safety Authority has published the 2024 Code of Practice for the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations (2001-2021) & the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Carcinogens, Mutagens and Reprotoxic Substances) Regulations (2024). These new regulations consolidate the 2001 Carcinogens...

European Union Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) Campaign on: "Accidents at Work (AAW)" In March 2024 the Health & Safety Authority, as a member of the European Union’s Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC), will launch Ireland’s part of the European Campaign for the Prevention of Accidents...

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Farm Safety Martin Heydon T.D., has urged farmers to prioritise safety during the busy calving season. Minister Heydon stated: “Calving is underway on many farms and the next few weeks...

Safe Use of Chainsaws While Clearing After Storms Fallen trees can be very hazardous. The most common cause of fatalities while using chainsaws arises from felling storm damaged trees and clearing branches during clean-up operations. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) advises anyone encountering fallen or storm...

NISO/NISG ALL IRELAND SAFETY AWARDS 2024 ONLINE WORKSHOPS The Safety Awards Workshops are online again for 2024! Two awards workshops will be held online on 22 January 2024 and 15 February 2024. The Safety Awards Workshops are free to attend – Prior Booking / Registration required.  If you are planning...

HSA Reports Significant Increase in Workplace Fatalities in 2023 The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has reported that 43 people lost their lives in work-related incidents in 2023. The statistics revealed a continued high level of fatalities in farming (16 fatalities) and construction (11 fatalities) with...

On 20 November 2023 the new quad bike laws came into force. Under the new regulations, operators of quads must complete an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety training course provided by a registered training provider to a QQI standard or equivalent. The Safety, Health and Welfare at...

Jones Engineering Group Wins All Ireland Supreme Safety Awards 2023 The 32nd National Irish Safety Organisation / Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISO/NISG) Annual Safety Awards took place on 13 October 2023 at a special ceremony in Killarney at which the Supreme Safety Award winner for 2023, sponsored by Irving...

National Irish Safety Organisation held a Golf Classic in support of the Lighthouse Club - Construction Industry Charity at the Heritage Golf Resort in Co. Laois on 23 June 2023. All the money raised through this event was donated to the Lighthouse Club. Twenty teams participated on the day. Many thanks...

Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland 2023 Congress, along with the Government, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), Ibec, the CIF and NISO will collectively mark Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland on 28 April at the national and annual commemorative event to remember people who died, were injured, made...

Construction Safety Licensing Bill 2023 Published Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has announced the publication of the Construction Safety Licensing Bill 2023. The bill was published on Friday 24 March and it will reform and modernise the existing model for...

Success for Galway and Cork teams at the 48th All Ireland Safety Quiz Final At the All Ireland Safety Quiz Finals held in Sligo Co. Offaly on Saturday, 1 April 2023, GE Energy Tynagh, Co. Galway and BioMarin International Ltd., Co. Cork were the overall winners...

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://niso.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/NISO_60th_Anniversary_Final.mp4"][/video]   NISO Celebrates 60 Years of Promoting Occupational Safety and Health in Ireland 15 January 2023 marks 60 years since the foundation of National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO). In January 1963, eight years after the Factories Act of 1955, a small group came together...

Safe Pass Renewals to move online effective from 23 January 2023. The Safe Pass Renewal offers an alternative process to renew Safe Pass, taking 45 minutes to complete at a cost of €93.84 instead of requiring a full day in the classroom as previously required. There will...

Designer Group Wins All Ireland Supreme Safety Awards 2022 The 31st National Irish Safety Organisation / Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISO/NISG) Annual Safety Awards took place on 11 November 2022 at a special ceremony in Galway at which the Supreme Safety Award winner for 2022, sponsored by Irving Oil...

For everyone with an interest in the safety, health and welfare of people at work, 28 April is an important date. It’s the date every year when trade union and employer groups worldwide, as well as individual organisations, remember those who have been killed or...

The Regional Heats of the All Ireland Occupational Safety Quiz season are coming up soon. Now is the time to get your team together and start the preparations to be in with a chance of becoming the Occupational Safety Quiz Champions 2022! Why Enter? Fun, sociable...

31st All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards - Upcoming Entry Deadlines Award entry deadlines Early bird deadline: 12 May 2022 @ 17.00hrs Standard deadline: 16 June 2022 @ 17.00hrs Late entry deadline:  7 July 2022 @ 17.00hrs (subject to additional approval and additional fee) Awards Ceremony: 11 November 2022, Galway Awards Website Visit safetyawards.ie for the entry forms, guidance document, workshop...

Government publishes "Transitional Protocol: Good Practice Guidance for Continuing to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19" The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has today, 31 January 2022, published the Transitional Protocol: Good Practice Guidance for Continuing to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19. This revision of the Work...

Guidance on returning to the office The Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF) Consultative Group met yesterday afternoon (24 January 2022) regarding the Work Safely Protocol.  LEEF confirmed that the transition to office working can commence with immediate effect and encouraged employers to engage with employees to...

HSA publishes Strategy Statement 2022–2024 and Programme of Work 2022 The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has published its Strategy Statement 2022–2024 and its Programme of Work 2022. The Strategy Statement highlights key goals in tackling current and emerging challenges and opportunities in Ireland’s workplaces including the...

The Health and Safety Authority has revealed that the number of workplace fatalities in 2021 is the lowest since records began. Work-related fatalities declined 30% to 38 fatalities in 2021 from 54 in 2020, the lowest figure recorded since the Authority was established Farming sees...

Updated Guidance Note on the Work Safely Protocol An updated Guidance Note has been issued from the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF) - Consultative Group on the Work Safely Protocol. Included in the Guidance Note is a reminder to employers and employers that it is critically important to...

Following public health advice, the government has agreed a range of measures aimed at interrupting the spread of COVID-19 in the community. These measures include: everyone should revert to working from home unless it is necessary to attend the workplace in person Household close contacts who...

Designer Group Wins All Ireland Supreme Safety Awards 2021 The 30th National Irish Safety Organisation / Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISO/NISG) Annual Safety Awards took place on 4 November 2021 at a special ceremony in Killarney at which the Supreme Safety Award winner for 2021, sponsored by Irving Oil...

Following on from the Government's "Reframing the Challenge: Continuing our Recovery and Reconnecting" plan issued on 31 August 2021, the Government has released a Guidance Note on the Work Safely Protocol to take effect from 20 September 2021. From now until 20 September 2021, the current public health...

Government lifts majority of COVID-19 restrictions The Cabinet has agreed to a plan that will lift the majority of COVID-19 restrictions on 22 October. Taoisech, Micheál Martin, announced the reopening plans in a televised address. The lifting of restrictions will be contingent on COVID-19 cases remaining manageable...

The Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (FSPAC), an advisory committee to the Board of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), has today (23 August 2021) published its latest Action Plan for 2021–2024. The FSPAC is made up of representatives and experts from a variety of...

NISO Safety Representative of the Year Award 2021 National Irish Safety Organisation, in association with The CPL Institute, is currently accepting entries for the Safety Representative of the Year Award 2021. The closing date for entries is Friday, 1 October 2021 Are you, or is someone you know,...